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Michael Simzak

Entries by Michael Simzak

Pitchers, Catchers... and Signers Report: a Founding Fathers Baseball Dream Team

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 2:59 PM

Ah, "Pitchers and Catchers Report," those four simple but beautiful words that alert us to the upcoming baseball season and bring with them thoughts of warm, lazy days spent at the ballpark. This year is also the 225th anniversary of the Constitution. In celebration of this most wonderful...

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A USFL Super Bowl? The Short-Lived Challenge to NFL Dominance

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 5:18 PM

On February 5, people across the globe will gather to watch Super Bowl XLVI. The worldwide popularity of the NFL's end-of-the-season championship showcase serves to underscore the dominance of the NFL's hegemony over the American sporting landscape. Since the AFL-NFL merger established the modern NFL in 1970, there have been...

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Bowling for Dollars: Should College Athletes Be Paid?

(11) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 6:54 PM

It is college football bowl season once again. Over the next three weeks millions of dollars are up for grabs. Millions will go to the winners and the losers, and millions are there to be made through licensing, tickets, merchandising and donations. The commissioners will make money, the schools will...

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In Praise of 'America's Game'

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 11:53 AM

As I made my way down 95 South from Philadelphia to Landover, Md., for Saturday's Army-Navy game, I had plenty of time to reflect on the meaning of "America's Game," as it has been dubbed.

The 112th football game between the Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis...

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What's a College Coach Worth?

(5) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 2:21 PM

Recently, The Ohio State University lured Urban Meyer back to the college football sidelines from the television studio with the promise of a king's ransom for his service for the next six years. Meyer's $4 million a year salary makes him the best compensated university official and is...

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The Men I Served With and the Sports They Loved

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 8:42 AM

I'm not sure you could have asked for a better soldier than Dave. He was the size of a double-wide trailer, as strong as a cart ox, and he worked like a team of draft horses. When I think of my time in Iraq, I can still hear his voice,...

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A 1968 Sports Protest That Struck a Chord With Occupy Wall Street

(12) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 12:51 PM

Dr. John Carlos knows a dramatic protest when he sees one. He also knows what it is like to be on top one moment and clawing up from the bottom the next. Perhaps that is why Occupy Wall Street caught his attention. While promoting his new book in his hometown...

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World Series Whoppers: Fact-checking Baseball's Political Lore

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 7:51 PM

When an institution has been around as long as baseball has, it develops its fair share of tall tales. From billy goats, to curses, to "called shots," baseball certainly has a few whoppers, and sometimes the urban legends are so great the diamond just can't contain them. Over the years...

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The World Series and Baseball's Antitrust Exemption

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 5:14 PM

Only two teams in baseball's League Championship Series could advance to the World Series this weekend, and only St. Louis and Texas did, but all four teams were connected to the Constitution.

To illuminate that connection for constitutional sports fans, the Constitution Daily Sports Desk has delved into...

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